Warner Archive will release the first Man from Atlantis pilot telefilm, titled Man from Atlantis, on Blu-ray on March 12th. NBC aired the made-for-TV movie on March 4th, 1977. Three more pilot telefilms followed later that year. A short-lived weekly series debuted in September 1977. It ran for 13 episodes.
Here’s the official description:
He’s the lone survivor of a lost civilization…thrust into ours. A giant storm tosses ashore a being who is both human and a creature from the deep. Mark Harris is the name given to him by the astonished scientists who study and protect their remarkable find. Harris is equally astonished, a fish out of water eager to learn about us. Patrick Duffy (a year before beginning his legendary run on Dallas) plays the Atlantean in the origin movie that (along with three more films) preceded the cult classic Man from Atlantis TV series. In this adventure, Harris uses his amazing underwater abilities to save mankind from a madman’s (Victor Buono) plot to launch missiles from all the world’s nuclear submarines!
And here’s the cover:
Please note this is a manufacture-on-demand title (Warner Archive uses the term “Made To Order”).
Warner Archive released the first pilot telefilm on DVD in October 2009. Separate DVD collections containing the four made-for-TV movies and the weekly TV series came out on DVD in July 2011. Will the same happen on Blu-ray?